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In an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, Pharrell Williams shared his thoughts on the police killing of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown and the unrest the followed in Ferguson, Mo. During the talk with Lemon, Williams’ comments touched on everything from respectability politics to President Obama‘s role in the matter.

“I’m disappointed in the way that it was handled from the government side,” said Williams. “I think that the officer should be punished, because that was excessive force—all those shots, where those shots were, the idea that the child laid on the ground, he’s a child, I know he’s 6’2 or 6’3, he’s a child.”

The singer/producer also took the opportunity to criticize the way the media painted the narrative around protests in Ferguson.

“I was disappointed that while we had so much peaceful protesting going on, what the media chose to cover, most of all, and highlight, was the random few people that threw molotov cocktails, the random few people that had guns on them… the rioting that was going on, the looting of the stores and the looting of the stores in our own neighborhoods,” he said. “I’m not telling you to do it nowhere else but damn, why are you doing it in your own neighborhood?”

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“Someone asked me this a while ago, what inspires me, and I always say, ‘that which is missing.’” Pharrell Williams said those words in response to a question from New York Magazine‘s Nitsuh Abebe back in a June during an interview centered on the producer/songwriter/rapper/fashion designer’s recent emergence as 2013′s summer It Man-Boy. “That which is missing.” It’s a very Pharrell phrase: koan-like, evocative, mysterious and frustrating. With the Pharrell-featuring “Get Lucky” and “Blurred Lines” doing battle for song of the summer status, the Pharrell-soundtrackedDespicable Me 2 ruling the box office and the Pharrell-produced 2 Chainz track “Feds Watching” creeping up the rap charts, it’s obvious that Skateboard P is dominating the summer. But what’s harder to discern is, to be frank, why now? Why this moment? What was missing?